Williamsburg, VA-Gordonsville Mayor Robert K. Coiner, representing Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Commission, was elected President of the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions (VAPDC) at their 2016 Summer Conference held in Williamsburg.Tom Shepperd, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, was elected First Vice President. Also electedwere Bonnie Riedesel as Second Vice President and Kevin Byrd as Secretary/Treasurer. Billy W. Martin, Sr., Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, will serve as Immediate Past President.
Prior to being named VAPDC President,Coinerserved as the Association's First Vice President and member of the Audit Committee. He is the Mayor of Gordonsville; Vice-Chairman, and past Chairman of the Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Commission; and President-Elect of the Virginia Municipal League. Coiner was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to his Transition Committee on Local Government in 2013. Coiner is a Public Accountant and small business consultant residing with his wife Jackie in Gordonsville.
Tom Shepperd served on the VAPDC Board of Directors before his election to First Vice President. He is currently the District 5 representative to the York County Board of Supervisors and serves as a commissioner on the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. Additionally, he serves as Vice Chair for the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization and the Vice Chair for the Hampton Road Military and Federal Facility Alliance. Tom was awarded VAPDC's 2013 Gordon N. Dixon Award for outstanding leadership and contributions to promoting regionalism within the Commonwealth of Virginia.He retired from the Air Forcewith the rank of Colonel in January 1998.
Riedesel has worked for the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) since 1994 and was appointed Executive Director in 2008. Her work with the CSPDC includes community and economic development, affordable housing, hazard mitigation, and transportation and bike-ped planning. Most recently, she has spearheaded the region's award-winning Fields of Gold program to promote the Shenandoah Valley as an agritourism destination for visitors and create jobs both on and off the farm. Fields of Gold has been recognized as a model of regional collaboration and innovation.
Byrdis the Executive Director of the New River Valley Regional Commission and has more than 13 years of experience in planning and currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO); Past President of 'Round the Mountain, a non-profit in Southwest Virginia dedicated to growing the creative economy; and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Elected as Directors for 2016-2017 were: John Gilstrap, West Piedmont Planning District Commission; Patrick Mauney, Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Commission; Gail Moody, Southside Planning District Commission; Martha Shickle, Richmond Regional Planning District Commission; and Tim Ware, George Washington Regional Commission.
Planning District Commissions were established by the General Assembly in 1969. There are 21 PDCs and Regional Commissions in Virginia made up of elected officials and citizens appointed by local governments. The purpose of the Planning District Commissions is to encourage and facilitate regional solutions to problems of area-wide significance. This is done by promoting the efficient development of the physical, social, and economic policies of all districts by assisting local governments to plan for the future. The PDCs of Virginia have joined together to create the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions to share best practices, and further regionalism across the Commonwealth. For more information about VAPDC visit the website atwww.vapdc.org.